"Real hero" from Titanic to be honoured with engraving

04th May 2012 - Fine Cut

A fundraising campaign has been launched to pay for a new engraving honouring the life of a cellist on the Titanic.

John Woodward's body was never found following the maritime disaster, but he was among the ship's band who continued to play their instruments as the enormous ship sank. According to bbc.co.uk, the eight musicians refused to let the circumstances stop their performance.

Mr Woodward has a plaque dedicated to him at All Saints church in Headington, Oxford but the sandstone memorial at Heath Lane, West Bromwich is falling apart, which is why a new precision engraving is being planned.

Lorna Jenkins, one of the people fundraising for the project, said: "All over the country there are statues to footballers and film stars, but here is a man who was a real hero and has nothing."

There has been a great deal of coverage of the Titanic disaster recently, as it was 100 years on April 15th since the ship sank following a catastrophic collision with an iceberg during its voyage from Southampton to New York.

According to dailyecho.co.uk, another man involved in the Titanic incident features a particularly appropriate engraving on his gravestone.

Frederick Fleet, who was the lookout on the ship but maritime historians have not blamed for the tragedy, features an engraving of the Titanic after the Titanic Historical Society raised enough money to install the memorial in 1998.

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